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Colin McMorran Level 4 Diploma in the Theory & Practice of Counselling (BACP accredited qualification), Specialist Mental Health Student Mentor, ACAS certified Workplace Mediator
Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
I’m here to work with anyone who wants to begin a journey into their own psyche and gain the self-awareness that will remove fears and anxieties, allowing them freedom to realise their full potential and find happiness.
Counselling and psychotherapy are terms used to describe a ‘talking therapy’. Counselling is a therapy that aims to bring about emotional relief, understanding and acceptance or resolution of emotional distress. Counselling involves meeting with a counsellor on a regular basis in order to discuss the complexities and difficulties you are facing and to find solutions and regain good psychological health.
I am trained in person-centred counselling, an approach devised by Carl Rogers. The approach is based on the idea that a client enters into a relationship with a counsellor where the client is allowed to freely express emotions and feelings. This enables the client to come to terms with the negative feelings that may have caused emotional problems and gain insight that allows them to develop the personal skills needed to manage those feelings. The objective is for the client to become able to see themselves as a person with power and freedom to change.
Aside from formal qualifications, I draw upon decades of life experience involving the usual twists and turns and highs and lows, however the one constant throughout was a love of psychology and a fascination with the human psyche. I'm passionate about psychology,
philosophy and eastern spirituality and find these subjects combined with my formal counselling qualifications allow me to work with clients in a dynamic and fluid way.
Along with my private practice I have volunteered at a Hospice in Burnley working with the bereaved and pre-bereaved offering counselling to those who have lost a loved one or who are caring for someone with a life-limiting illness. It was a privilege to work with clients of all ages and backgrounds as they faced the harshest life situations. I found it rewarding and humbling to be allowed into their private worlds; each has a unique story and each in their own way showed how the human spirit has the potential to triumph over adversity.
My name is Colin. I provide online counselling and, when times allow, face to face counselling services in the Preston area.
I have a Level 4 Diploma in the Theory & Practice of Counselling (BACP accredited) and am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Prerequisite: Level 3 Diploma (1 year). Level 4 Diploma (2 years); seven units each covering theory, professional development and skills practice or peer supervision and personal development. Compulsory requirements: A minimum of 150 hours placement hours (100 hours counselling and 50 hours of workplace activity), One hour supervision for every eight hours of client work, 10 hours personal counselling and Two residential weekends.
I also work as a specialist Mental Health Student Mentor practicing online and, when times allow, on campus with University students who have been assessed as needing mental health support. I provide that support throughout their course of study, along with coaching and guidance. The aim being to enable each student to complete their studies with the highest grades they are capable of achieving.
I am an ACAS trained Workplace Mediator
(OCR Accrediting body - 2009).
What going to a therapist is really like.
I hope Russell Brand isn't upset at me appropriating this excellent video where he gives a personal perspective on therapy. I believe he manages to capture the essence of effective counselling.
I am based in Fulwood (PR2 9AF) on the outskirts of Preston close to the motorway network (M6 northbound - Junction 31a / southbound - Junction 32). I practice from home in spare room that provides a private, quiet and relaxed space for client work.
I am now providing sessions via telephone,
WhatsApp Video & Zoom (client hosts)
to new and existing clients.
I am currently working online in the privacy of the counselling room. Regarding returning back to seeing clients in person, I will attempt to follow the ever-changing government and BACP guidelines.
Counselling online; pros and cons - a personal perspective
Certainly under normal circumstances working with clients in person and sitting in the same room is the best environment for counselling, however we aren’t living in normal circumstances are we - many of our working practices have had to adapt, and counselling is no exception. So what’s it like to work online, and what are the benefits if any?
Well, in my opinion there are several. Firstly, there is no travelling time for the client and therefore no need to consider peak hour traffic, or the timings of pubic transport. Once the session is over you are already home, so no need to face a journey back, which can be a blessing as often the sessions can be quite draining. Secondly, the client is not restricted by the geographical location of the particular therapist they may like to work with. The client can choose any therapist working online across the length and breadth of the county – indeed across the world if they want to, and therefore has an infinitely larger pool of potential therapists to choose from.
So yes, sitting opposite someone and sharing the same physical space within the intimacy of a private and comfortable counselling room is no doubt the best therapeutic environment within which to work, but don’t rule out online therapy because there are the benefits I’ve mentioned and there is an intimacy that in my experience comes close to working face to face.
And finally, in these difficult times online therapy is better than no therapy.
I offer a space in which issues that can be difficult to discuss can be explored in a confidential and non-judgemental way.
These issues can include lack of confidence, financial worries, intimacy issues, grief following loss of a loved one and death anxiety. You may be suffering from depression, low self-esteem or relationship issues. You may be struggling to find meaning in your life or have a crisis of faith. Perhaps you find yourself repeating negative behaviour patterns but don't understand why and therefore find it difficult to make positive changes.
The way I work usually involves a person-centred therapeutic approach, which means we will go at your pace, for as long as you need, tackling difficult subjects when you feel you’re ready. We will be looking below the surface to understand the roots of the problem as well as developing strategies to help you to cope better and interrupt patterns of unhelpful behaviour and ways of thinking.
By exploring your own life and how your past experiences have shaped the person you’ve become, you can begin a process of self-realisation and over time self-acceptance. As Carl Rogers said, ‘The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change’. Once we can truly see ourselves we are better able to see others and this can bring about positive change, leading to deeper relationships and a life of meaning and purpose.
I will meet you in the present moment and over time and through the therapeutic process, help you transcend those aspects of your ego that are self-defeating and connect to a deeper transpersonal space; a pure conscious awareness that gives rise to the eternal present. I will help you to experience your truth, all that is required is trust in the therapeutic process, an open mind and a willingness to enquire within.
The illusion of the ego is the belief that you are your thoughts – in other words, the personal identification with the voice in your head; a voice that often lives in a past of guilt and regret, and a future of fear and worry.
We will cut through these repeating thought patterns and go beneath that constant mind chatter to a place of inner peace and stillness. The infinite potential and restorative energy found there will stay with you when you return to the trenches of your life, enabling you to cope better and hopefully bring back the joy of living.
In this current climate I am offering remote therapy for a range of issues including anxiety, depression, financial worries, fear of the future, bereavement, life transitions, self esteem, emotional disturbance, complex trauma, etc. This is just an overview of my services.
Length of therapy will depend upon the nature of the issues presented, however I find that mid to long-term counselling gives the best results.
I keep my client list small. I work with a maximum of five clients at any one time and so having no more than five counselling hours per week allows me the luxury of focusing my energies and skills more intensely both during and between sessions.
Sessions are 60 minutes in length and typically take place once a week.
I offer a free no obligation 30 minute consultation (currently online) where we can discuss the reasons you have come to therapy. I will tell you about myself and my approach to counselling and a little about the therapeutic process. I will discuss the counselling contract and confidentiality. However, more importantly, we will see if there's a connection between us that feels right for beginning our therapeutic journey together. I've found in my experience that you will instinctively know when you've found the right therapist for you, so if it feels right and you would like to work with me then we can discuss practicalities such as when to start and agreeing upon a regular time to meet.
60-minute session: £40
Preferred method of payment: cash or bank transfer
I offer a free no obligation 30 minute telephone, online or face to face consultation.
(face to face consultations are currently on hold due to Covid-19)
Under normal circumstances I will consider home visits, however there may be an additional cost depending upon location.
Call or text me to book your free consultation on: 07854 801310
How many sessions do I need?
I do not set a number of sessions I will move at your pace; much will depend upon the complexity and number of issues presented. However, from experience 8 sessions is a good start with reviews as we go.
How long and how often are the sessions?
I work with clients for one hour once a week, ideally on the same day and time. Sometimes, at the request of the client, we will begin therapy with two sessions a week and then move to weekly sessions when the client decides.
Is there a contract to sign?
Yes - I will send you two forms to complete: one is the contract and the other is your personal details. These forms are sent and returned by email - all personal data is held digitally and password protected, I follow GDPR regulations for holding and deleting personal data.
Are the sessions confidential?
Yes - with the exception of certain specific disclosures as recommended by the BACP (these are set out in the contract)
Do you offer advice?
No - my role is to facilitate your personal growth and awareness by listening, reflecting and offering clarity and perspective. Any decisions you make must be yours, it would be a mistake and a breach of the BACP ethical framework to take your power and autonomy and make decisions on your behalf.
How will I benefit from therapy?
Counselling and psychotherapy aims to liberate you from the isolation and loneliness of living with inner turmoil by providing an outlet for you to express your deepest emotions to someone with the right set skills to help you. Therapy aims to provide you with the tools to to cope with life's difficulties and lead to a positive change within.
The therapist is outside of your family and friends offering a safe, non-judgmental space enabling you to gain a new perspective on your life. Unlike confiding in friends and family, you will not need to concern yourself with how you are impacting the therapist - they are a professional and have the training and experience to hold a space for anything you may bring to therapy.
What does MBACP mean?
I am registered as a counsellor with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist and am a Member of this professional body (MBACP). The BACP is a public record of counsellors and psychotherapists who have met the standards for professional registration accredited by the professional standards authority for health and social care.